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1 / 28 Bedroom (futon) and Reading Area (2nd floor)

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Bedroom 1 / Bathroom 1 / Sleeps 4 / House
Bedroom: 1  Bathroom: 1   Sleeps: 4  Type: House

1 Shower

Senraku - Beautifully Restored House in Central Kyoto! - Free WiFi
TripAdvisor property ID 4316187

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Book this 1 bedroom house in Kyoto today! A total of 4 people can sleep here comfortably.

Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 17 reviews.

The owner responds to 100% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar Feb 25, 2018.

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About the owner

About the owner

Thomas N.
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Calendar last updated:
25 Feb 2018
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Languages spoken: English



Check in time:16:00, Check out time:10:00
This owner does not use online booking. Please contact them and they will be able to offer you a secure way to pay for your stay. Never pay for your vacation rental by wire transfer (such as Western Union or Moneygram) as this type of payment is untraceable.
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Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Kyoto Attractions




  • Air conditioning
  • Clothes dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washing machine

Phone / Internet

  • Internet access
  • Telephone
  • Wireless Internet


  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Satellite TV
  • TV


  • Children
  • Pets
  • Smoking allowed


  • 1 Shower


Reviews (17)

Excellent – based on 17 reviews Excellent
17 reviews

Very Good

“Clean and cosy home away from home”

Reviewed 17 Apr 2014

My husband and I stayed for 5 nights in this lovely little house and it was a wonderful experience. From the moment we booked i received lots of communication from Reiko and they sent us easy instructions for our arrival. The house is a lovely Japanese style home which was very clean and cosy and had everything we needed, down to umbrellas in the stand outside! We also really appreciated the heating/aircon upstairs and downstairs as we had a few very cold nights. Reiko even dropped in on our first day to show me how to use the washing machine which was really handy. Full equipped kitchen (though pick up some milk and coffee from the 711 down the street or the nearby supermarket on your first day!), new bathroom fittings and comfortable beds. Felt very spacious, especially compared to a few other houses that our family were staying in nearby. We even quite enjoyed ducking at the doorways which were a tad short for us 6 foot tall australians! The stairway to the upstairs floor is rather steep if you have poor mobility but not a problem for us. Kyoto was one of our favourite places in Japan and the house was perfectly located near to train station and lovely neighbourhood streets. We were lucky to see the cherry blossom in full bloom. Great stay and a real Japanese touch by staying here. Thank you Thomas and Rieko.

Response from the owner We are so glad that you had a wonderful experience at Senraku House. The little things such as umbrellas to laundry detergent make the stay that much easier and relaxing. Senraku House is true to the original architecture, therefore, the door heights, and staircase were left as is, and we believe that this adds to the charm of the house. Thank you once again for a wonderful review.

“Little secret gem in the heart of the city.”

Reviewed 16 Jul 2013

Reiko and Thomas really looked after us during our stay in Kyoto. The house was absolutely beautiful and there were little notes everywhere to make sure we got the most out of our stay. The facilities were excellent and everything is just so pretty, and yet very approachable and practical. Its tucked down a little alley and when I was booking I was worried that it might feel a little seedy, but quite the opposite. It was like we had our own little secret place hidden away from the rest of the city. It was always such a pleasure to turn down our little street at the end of the day and head to Senraku house. My only complaints were that even at only 6'1" tall,I found the doorways unnecessarily low even for japan, but I got used to it pretty quickly. Also even though I didn't think it would be a problem by the time we stayed at Senraku we had been in japan for a 10 days and we had grown accustomed to the joys of a Japanese bath and were a little sorry that there was only a shower. But these really were very minor complaints. Overall the service, location and house itself were just fantastic. Our family (myself my wife and our 2 daughters 6 and 3 yo ) had ample room and just fell in love with the place. It was such a shame to have to leave after only 5 days there. We celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary here and ate dinner at the very cute Japanese fusion restaurant across the road. So Senraku house will always hold a very special place in our hearts. Big thank you to Reiko and Thomas for making our stay so enjoyable.

Response from the owner Thank you for an honest, insightful, and beneficial review for our future guests. We full heartedly agree that Senraku House is a “Little secret gem in the heart of the city” In Kyoto little alleys are where traditional homes are built just off the main street. This is where Kyoto people have lived for centuries. To address your queries; Senraku house is a traditional Japanese house that is almost a century old, as a result the standard doorways at the time was 173 centimeters high (or 5 feet 7 inches); however, most of our guests want the feel of a traditional Japanese house so during the renovations the decision was made to leave the doorways as is. We just finished renovating the bathroom to accommodate the majority of our guest that would prefer a large shower room, than a very small bathtub (also known as a ‘Unit Bath’ in Japan). The designers were able to design a large shower room that has the feel of an old Japanese bath with modern conveniences, like a thermo sink floor, anti-slip tiles, high flow shower head, and plenty of hot water. Again, thank you for a fantastic review, and we are delighted that your entire family had a great stay at Senraku house.

“A home away from home!”

Reviewed 12 Jun 2013

From the moment I sent an email inquiring about the availability of the house, Reiko & Thomas were incredibly helpful! Once I had made my booking, any requests or questions I had regarding Kyoto or the house were answered promptly and in a very friendly and incredibly helpful manner. We did have a little trouble locating the house, only due to receiving incorrect directions from the bus driver, even though Reiko supplied us with a map to the property, but the locals were very helpful and friendly and showed us to the property. We suggest that you catch a taxi from Kyoto train station which is only around 10,000 yen, initially until you know where the property is, show the taxi driver the map in Japanese and when you are there you will find that the main roads have the street name written in English and Japanese, which we found made it much easier to find places. When we did arrive we absolutely loved the property as soon as we walked in, it was very neat and very clean and it is such a beautiful little house, every comfort needed is supplied! We absolutely loved staying there, it truly did come to feel like a home away from home to us and this was the very first time we have ever traveled overseas. The location of the property was great, only 10 mins walk from the subway and there is a great little Seven Eleven about 4 mins walk from the house and it is priced very well indeed, our favourite pit stop. The steps in the house are quite steep, but I enjoyed the exercise and as long as you go down them slowly you will be fine! The Wi-fi is fantastic and I loved the washing machine/dryer, it was awesome and I want one!! lol We booked a morning and afternoon Kyoto tour which was a great way to see some of the shrines and temples, but Reiko has a map on the table that has many great places to see highlighted also, it was very helpful to us! We just want to say thank you so very much for everything and if we end up back in Kyoto I know where we will be staying! :-)))

Response from the owner Yes! “A Home Away from Home” that is what we what every guest at Senraku House to feel, from the time when they arrive until the time they leave. Senraku House is our guest’s home in Kyoto. Thank you for a wonderful and thoughtful review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay. We want every guest to feel that they are in a traditional Japanese home along with the modern conveniences that one expects like high speed Internet. Just one minor correction for our future guests; the cost of a taxi from Kyoto Station to Senraku House is approximately, 1000 yen, or about $10 US dollars. Also, the bathroom is having a total renovation now in June 2013. Looking forward to seeing you on your return visit to Kyoto.

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